Ministry outlines COVID19 protocols for hairdressers

Hairdressers on Vanua Levu can operate provided they adhere to set protocols which will also be required of their Viti Levu counterparts when their permits are granted.

Protocols include sanitisation of all high-touch points, equipment, including scissors, combs, brushes, chairs, hair wash basin, between clients. It also requires employees and customers to wear masks at all times, that services are offered on an appointment basis, discourage walk-in customers and that their establishment operates on a maximum capacity of 50 percent.

Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Shaheen Ali, said: “While we have allowed businesses to resume, we are reminding business operators that it’s not ‘business-as-usual’. Every business, irrespective of being in a containment or non-containment zone, still needs to adopt minimum protocols. And that’s why, the Ministry has released Protocols for Safe Operations of Hairdressing Services.”

In order to get a permit, Viti Levu-based hairdressers need to first agree and sign the Protocol for COVID-Safe Business Operations and Protocol for Safe Operations of Hairdressing Services and visit to lodge the application.

Businesses are reminded of the fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years and subsequent closure of business for non-compliance which will be collectively enforced by the ministry, the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Fiji Police Force.

The protocols are available on the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport website –

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